The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 6 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1379 1304 1291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 13.92% 14.26% 14.77%
As % of the Vendors category 28.98% 30.60% 30.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 800 664 633
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £177
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £472 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 132 122
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.31 £13.44
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.48% +13.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.75 £11.00 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.90 £29.50 £30.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Microsoft
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Vendors Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
4759 4261 4227
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 48.02% 46.59% 48.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 2713 2204 2135
Average daily rate £375 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £215 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 206 232 261
Average hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% -15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.35 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -9.32%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +1 389 £363 +10.47% 112
Berkshire +1 304 £350 -9.09% 145
Buckinghamshire 0 196 £300 -0.08% 48
Surrey -3 177 £350 -6.66% 112
Oxfordshire +1 136 £325 +7.43% 67
West Sussex -6 83 £394 +19.31% 28
Kent +1 32 £343 +5.38% 25
East Sussex -2 31 £350 +17.64% 12
Middlesex -5 15 £395 -3.65%
Thames Valley - 4 £350 -
Home Counties +6 1 - -
M4 Corridor +1 1 £550 -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 1101 (40.69%) Windows
2 950 (35.11%) MS Excel
3 614 (22.69%) Active Directory
4 610 (22.54%) SQL
5 594 (21.95%) MS Office
6 575 (21.25%) Security Cleared
7 464 (17.15%) ITIL
8 459 (16.96%) SQL Server
9 434 (16.04%) .NET
10 410 (15.15%) VMware
11 393 (14.52%) SC Cleared
12 387 (14.30%) Finance
13 351 (12.97%) Windows 7
14 336 (12.42%) Windows Server 2008
15 335 (12.38%) C#
16 293 (10.83%) SharePoint
16 293 (10.83%) Agile Software Development
17 287 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
18 283 (10.46%) Migration
19 274 (10.13%) Project Management
20 272 (10.05%) MS Exchange
20 272 (10.05%) Microsoft Certification
20 272 (10.05%) VMware Infrastructure
21 265 (9.79%) Oracle
22 249 (9.20%) PowerShell
23 246 (9.09%) HP
24 220 (8.13%) Windows Server 2012
25 213 (7.87%) Citrix
26 203 (7.50%) SCCM
27 200 (7.39%) Linux

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 293 (10.83%) SharePoint
2 272 (10.05%) MS Exchange
3 126 (4.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 116 (4.29%) IIS
5 111 (4.10%) Lync
6 87 (3.22%) BizTalk Server
7 59 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2007
7 59 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2013
8 50 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
9 27 (1.00%) WebSphere
10 26 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
11 25 (0.92%) Apache
12 22 (0.81%) SAS
13 21 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
14 17 (0.63%) CMS
15 15 (0.55%) WebLogic
16 13 (0.48%) JBoss
17 12 (0.44%) IBM Notes
17 12 (0.44%) Tomcat
17 12 (0.44%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 950 (35.11%) MS Excel
2 594 (21.95%) MS Office
3 184 (6.80%) MS Project
4 156 (5.76%) MS PowerPoint
5 123 (4.55%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.81%) Photoshop
7 21 (0.78%) Adobe Illustrator
8 17 (0.63%) OmniGraffle
9 12 (0.44%) InDesign
10 11 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
11 10 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 7 (0.26%) PowerPivot
13 6 (0.22%) SPSS
14 3 (0.11%) AutoCAD
14 3 (0.11%) InfoPath
14 3 (0.11%) Open Workbench
15 2 (0.074%) Maya
15 2 (0.074%) Acrobat
15 2 (0.074%) Siemens NX
16 1 (0.037%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 143 (5.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 51 (1.88%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
4 13 (0.48%) Maximo
5 10 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
6 8 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
7 6 (0.22%) SAP SRM
7 6 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
7 6 (0.22%) Primavera
8 4 (0.15%) Visualfiles
8 4 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.11%) assyst
9 3 (0.11%) SAP CCM
9 3 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.11%) Summit
9 3 (0.11%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
9 3 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 2 (0.074%) Agresso
10 2 (0.074%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 116 (4.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 114 (4.21%) Office 365
3 35 (1.29%) Amazon AWS
4 30 (1.11%) IaaS
5 24 (0.89%) SaaS
6 21 (0.78%) PaaS
7 14 (0.52%) Google Analytics
8 8 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (0.22%) Yammer
10 4 (0.15%) Adobe Analytics
11 3 (0.11%) SmartFocus
12 2 (0.074%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.074%) SuccessFactors
13 1 (0.037%) MailChimp
13 1 (0.037%) Taleo
13 1 (0.037%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.037%) Boomi
13 1 (0.037%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 162 (5.99%) DNS
2 149 (5.51%) SAN
3 138 (5.10%) Firewall
4 130 (4.80%) TCP/IP
5 103 (3.81%) DHCP
6 81 (2.99%) WAN
7 80 (2.96%) Internet
8 79 (2.92%) LAN
9 62 (2.29%) VPN
10 43 (1.59%) VLAN
11 40 (1.48%) VoIP
11 40 (1.48%) NAS
12 39 (1.44%) Wireless
13 38 (1.40%) Intranet
14 33 (1.22%) SSL
15 32 (1.18%) Network Security
16 28 (1.03%) Fibre Channel
17 27 (1.00%) ATM
18 23 (0.85%) iSCSI
19 22 (0.81%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 459 (16.96%) SQL Server
2 165 (6.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 138 (5.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 115 (4.25%) Data Warehouse
5 113 (4.18%) SQL Server 2008
6 100 (3.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 73 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
8 62 (2.29%) Oracle Database
9 52 (1.92%) Relational Database
10 41 (1.52%) SQL Server 2005
11 39 (1.44%) Oracle Reports
12 35 (1.29%) Oracle Database 11g
13 33 (1.22%) MS Access
14 31 (1.15%) MySQL
15 28 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
16 26 (0.96%) OLAP
17 24 (0.89%) DB2
17 24 (0.89%) RDBMS
18 22 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
19 20 (0.74%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 164 (6.06%) Team Foundation Server
2 117 (4.32%) Visual Studio
3 36 (1.33%) Selenium
4 30 (1.11%) Git (software)
5 22 (0.81%) SoapUI
6 20 (0.74%) Jenkins
6 20 (0.74%) MSI
7 19 (0.70%) TeamCity
8 17 (0.63%) WebDriver
8 17 (0.63%) Axure RP
9 15 (0.55%) NUnit
10 14 (0.52%) Subversion
10 14 (0.52%) Fiddler
10 14 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 14 (0.52%) Oracle APEX
11 13 (0.48%) MSBuild
11 13 (0.48%) JIRA
12 10 (0.37%) JMeter
13 9 (0.33%) Toad
13 9 (0.33%) HP UFT
General
1 387 (14.30%) Finance
2 182 (6.73%) Telecoms
3 76 (2.81%) Retail
4 63 (2.33%) Marketing
5 30 (1.11%) Banking
6 29 (1.07%) Advertising
7 22 (0.81%) Financial Institution
8 21 (0.78%) Military
9 20 (0.74%) Legal
9 20 (0.74%) Manufacturing
10 18 (0.67%) Publishing
11 13 (0.48%) Back Office
11 13 (0.48%) Law
12 12 (0.44%) French Language
12 12 (0.44%) German Language
13 11 (0.41%) Interactive Media
14 10 (0.37%) Automotive
14 10 (0.37%) Electronics
14 10 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
15 9 (0.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 608 (22.47%) Analyst
2 325 (12.01%) Developer
3 197 (7.28%) Support Engineer
4 191 (7.06%) Architect
5 168 (6.21%) Project Manager
6 154 (5.69%) Consultant
7 117 (4.32%) Administrator
8 105 (3.88%) Support Analyst
9 92 (3.40%) Business Analyst
10 88 (3.25%) 2nd Line Support
11 85 (3.14%) Data Analyst
12 82 (3.03%) Desktop Support
13 79 (2.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 73 (2.70%) Service Analyst
15 72 (2.66%) Test Analyst
16 69 (2.55%) .NET Developer
17 66 (2.44%) Service Desk Analyst
18 62 (2.29%) C# Developer
18 62 (2.29%) 1st Line Support
19 59 (2.18%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 434 (16.04%) .NET
2 194 (7.17%) HTML
3 177 (6.54%) ASP.NET
4 109 (4.03%) XML
5 104 (3.84%) Web Services
6 96 (3.55%) CSS
7 75 (2.77%) .NET Framework
8 72 (2.66%) jQuery
9 67 (2.48%) WCF
10 44 (1.63%) JSP
11 38 (1.40%) HTML5
12 37 (1.37%) AngularJS
12 37 (1.37%) ASP.NET MVC
12 37 (1.37%) Ajax
13 33 (1.22%) Middleware
14 32 (1.18%) SOAP
14 32 (1.18%) MDX
14 32 (1.18%) ASP.NET Web API
15 30 (1.11%) WPF
15 30 (1.11%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 287 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
2 150 (5.54%) Data Centre
3 127 (4.69%) Management Information System
4 55 (2.03%) Clustering
5 51 (1.88%) Client/Server
5 51 (1.88%) User Experience
6 50 (1.85%) Replication
7 47 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
8 45 (1.66%) Blackberry
9 36 (1.33%) PKI
10 30 (1.11%) CMDB
11 29 (1.07%) NHS
11 29 (1.07%) Data Structures
12 28 (1.03%) Computer Science
13 24 (0.89%) Statistics
14 23 (0.85%) Visualisation
15 18 (0.67%) Data Integration
15 18 (0.67%) Video Conferencing
15 18 (0.67%) GIS
15 18 (0.67%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 1101 (40.69%) Windows
2 351 (12.97%) Windows 7
3 336 (12.42%) Windows Server 2008
4 220 (8.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 200 (7.39%) Linux
6 179 (6.61%) Windows Server 2003
7 136 (5.03%) UNIX
8 117 (4.32%) Windows XP
9 75 (2.77%) Windows 8
10 52 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 40 (1.48%) Solaris
12 36 (1.33%) AIX
13 24 (0.89%) Android
14 21 (0.78%) Apple iOS
15 16 (0.59%) Windows Vista
16 12 (0.44%) Windows 2000
16 12 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
17 11 (0.41%) Windows 2000 Server
18 9 (0.33%) Windows Phone
19 8 (0.30%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 464 (17.15%) ITIL
2 293 (10.83%) Agile Software Development
3 283 (10.46%) Migration
4 274 (10.13%) Project Management
5 181 (6.69%) Business Intelligence
6 175 (6.47%) CRM
7 171 (6.32%) PRINCE2
8 113 (4.18%) Service Management
9 100 (3.70%) Scrum
10 93 (3.44%) Change Management
10 93 (3.44%) Configuration Management
11 89 (3.29%) Data Migration
12 86 (3.18%) TDD
13 84 (3.10%) Stakeholder Management
14 82 (3.03%) Data Analysis
15 79 (2.92%) MVC
16 78 (2.88%) Test Scripting
17 74 (2.73%) Service Delivery
18 73 (2.70%) Mentoring
19 68 (2.51%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 610 (22.54%) SQL
2 335 (12.38%) C#
3 249 (9.20%) PowerShell
4 175 (6.47%) JavaScript
5 129 (4.77%) T-SQL
6 71 (2.62%) VBScript
7 62 (2.29%) VB
8 52 (1.92%) Java
9 50 (1.85%) C++
10 41 (1.52%) C
11 36 (1.33%) PL/SQL
12 35 (1.29%) VBA
12 35 (1.29%) Perl
13 26 (0.96%) Python
14 22 (0.81%) VB.NET
15 20 (0.74%) Shell Script
16 18 (0.67%) PHP
17 12 (0.44%) X++
18 10 (0.37%) C++/CLI
19 9 (0.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 575 (21.25%) Security Cleared
2 393 (14.52%) SC Cleared
3 272 (10.05%) Microsoft Certification
4 189 (6.98%) DV Cleared
5 148 (5.47%) MCSE
6 145 (5.36%) Degree
7 85 (3.14%) MCITP
8 78 (2.88%) Cisco Certification
9 62 (2.29%) ISTQB
10 59 (2.18%) MCSA
11 51 (1.88%) MCP
12 47 (1.74%) ISEB
13 46 (1.70%) CCNA
14 44 (1.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 34 (1.26%) MCTS
15 34 (1.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 30 (1.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 30 (1.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 29 (1.07%) PMI Certification
18 27 (1.00%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (3.99%) SLA
2 52 (1.92%) QA
3 14 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (0.48%) Data Quality
5 12 (0.44%) Solvency II
6 11 (0.41%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.30%) ISO 9001
9 7 (0.26%) COBIT
10 5 (0.18%) BS25999
11 4 (0.15%) PMBOK
12 3 (0.11%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.11%) COSO
12 3 (0.11%) P3O
13 2 (0.074%) HL7
13 2 (0.074%) GxP
13 2 (0.074%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 1 (0.037%) ISO 9000
14 1 (0.037%) TickIT
System Software
1 614 (22.69%) Active Directory
2 272 (10.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 137 (5.06%) Hyper-V
4 116 (4.29%) vSphere
5 69 (2.55%) VMware ESX
6 57 (2.11%) XenApp
7 55 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
8 28 (1.03%) XenDesktop
9 21 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
10 16 (0.59%) Forefront TMG
10 16 (0.59%) vCloud
11 15 (0.55%) ISA Server
12 14 (0.52%) Terminal Services
12 14 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 9 (0.33%) VMware Server
13 9 (0.33%) NFS
14 6 (0.22%) DFS Replication
14 6 (0.22%) UAG
14 6 (0.22%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 5 (0.18%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 203 (7.50%) SCCM
2 112 (4.14%) SCOM
3 45 (1.66%) WSUS
4 31 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
5 28 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
5 28 (1.03%) Backup Exec
6 26 (0.96%) NetBackup
7 25 (0.92%) vMotion
8 24 (0.89%) SCOrch
9 23 (0.85%) SCVMM
10 22 (0.81%) OVSD
10 22 (0.81%) SCSM
11 18 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
11 18 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 15 (0.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 15 (0.55%) Tivoli
13 14 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
13 14 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 13 (0.48%) Puppet
14 13 (0.48%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 410 (15.15%) VMware
2 265 (9.79%) Oracle
3 246 (9.09%) HP
4 213 (7.87%) Citrix
5 184 (6.80%) Cisco
6 93 (3.44%) SAP
7 71 (2.62%) Red Hat
8 68 (2.51%) Remedy
9 62 (2.29%) Symantec
10 57 (2.11%) IBM
11 46 (1.70%) EMC
11 46 (1.70%) NetApp
11 46 (1.70%) McAfee
12 44 (1.63%) Dell
13 42 (1.55%) Adobe
14 33 (1.22%) Intel
15 32 (1.18%) CheckPoint
16 28 (1.03%) 3PAR
17 27 (1.00%) Apple
17 27 (1.00%) Cognos
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